The Brit Awards have shared the shortlist of nominees for next month’s ceremony. The shortlists see rapper Dave and singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi lead the nominations.
The most nominations have fallen on Dave, whose album Psychodrama became one of the records of the year, and Lewis Capaldi, the Chewbacca-mask-wearing nemesis of Noel Gallagher also highlights an issue with the shortlists.
Despite a year chock-full of some of the best female-led music we’ve heard in recent years, the awards show neglected most of those records. Album of the Year is an entirely male-dominated category with only Mabel providing the resistance on the New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year shortlists.
It also sees yet another grime-driven list of nominees with Stormzy, Dave, Aitch and more all getting nods, as the Brits turn the tide on their previously rock-dominated shortlists.
Find the shortlists below and be sure to catch the event on 18th February.
Male Solo Artist of The Year
Dave Harry Styles Lewis Capaldi Michael Kiwanuka Stormzy
Female Solo Artist of The Year
Charli XCX FKA Twigs Freya Ridings Mabel Mahalia
Group of The Year
Bastille Bring Me The Horizon Coldplay D-Block Europe Foals
BRITs Rising Star
Beabadoobee Celeste Joy Crookes
New Artist of The Year
Aitch Dave Lewis Capaldi Mabel Sam Fender
Song of The Year
AJ Tracey – ‘Ladbroke Grove’ Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man – ‘Giant’ Dave ft. Burna Boy – ‘Location’ Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – ‘I Don’t Care’ Lewis Capaldi – ‘Someone You Loved’ Mabel – ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus – ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ Sam Smith & Normani – ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ Stormzy – ‘Vossi Bop’ Tom Walker – ‘Just You And I’
Mastercard Album of The Year
Dave – ‘Psychodrama’ Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’ Lewis Capaldi – ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Kiwanuka’ Stormzy – ‘Heavy Is The Head’
International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen Burna Boy Dermot Kennedy Post Malone Tyler, The Creator
International Female Solo Artist
Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Camila Cabello Lana Del Rey Lizzo